Police Vehicle Runs Red Light, Seriously Injures 78-Year-Old Man

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A 78-year-old man was transported to the hospital with serious injuries after a crash involving a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office patrol car in the Town Center area.

According to authorities, the crash reportedly happened around 3 a.m. on Tuesday morning near St. Johns Bluff Road South and Town Center Parkway.

During a news conference, JSO said the patrol vehicle involved was detouring due to construction and ran a red light. While in the middle of the intersection, the patrol car struck a white Jeep driven by the 78-year-old man.

JSO added that the officer was on duty but was not responding to a call at the time of the crash. Police say they do not believe the JSO officer was speeding at the time of the crash but that will be investigated.

In addition, JSO said the man in the Jeep may have not been wearing a seatbelt.

Traffic lights in the area are not working at this time due to damage sustained during the crash.

Comment from Anidjar and Levine:

Glen Levine, from the Law Firm of Anidjar and Levine, comments on this crash. “This unfortunate accident happened near St. Johns Bluff Road South and Town Center Parkway because a police vehicle ran a red light. Our condolence goes to the families of the injured elderly driver. Injuries sustained in a motorcycle or vehicle accident can affect the lives of all parties involved and their families who feel the effects even when they are not directly involved. The pain and suffering that comes with these incidents can become a major burden on day-to-day life.

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